What can be done to combat fatigue and fibromyalgia? You need good food, sleep, fresh air, some idle moments, some fun to give you a lift. With these, you can’t go wrong.
There are often a number of underlying factors relevant to fatigue and can include an inadequate diet, in particular an insufficient intake of vitamins and minerals.
What foods will give me more energy?
Lack of B Group vitamins especially vitamin B12, and the mineral magnesium can cause chronic irritability, exhaustion, and mental fatigue.
Although supplements are readily available it is far better to maintain a well-balanced diet including fresh fruit and vegetables, and plenty of herbs.
Foods to help motivate you and get you going are apples, bananas, corn, grapefruit, mangoes, papaya, peaches, and yellow squash. A small glass of fresh carrot juice each day is also an excellent boost to the system – of all the juices it has the best balance of vitamins and minerals.
Natural food sources of magnesium are almonds and other nuts, fish, prawns, leafy green vegetables, molasses, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.
Herbs that provide this element are alfalfa (eat daily as sprouted seed), cayenne, dandelion, and peppermint. Fresh dandelion leaves can be cooked like spinach or the young, tender leaves chopped up and served in a salad.
B Group food sources are brewer’s yeast (sprinkle over breakfast cereal), grains and seeds (such as wheat germ), rice bran, sunflower seed, nuts, legumes, potatoes, almonds, mushrooms, soya beans, citrus fruits, molasses, spinach, cauliflower, salmon and in some dairy products.
Vitamin B12 can be found in most meats, however, this should be lean and eaten sparingly. Herb sources of B complex vitamins are dandelion, fenugreek, parsley, alfalfa, watercress, cayenne, burdock, and sage.
Vitamin C is important for vitality. It occurs in the greatest concentrations in oranges, lemons, grapefruit, green peppers, tomatoes. Among the very pleasant ways to take vitamin C:
- orange juice for breakfast
- grapefruit as an hors d’oeuvre at dinner
- green salad dressed with lemon juice
- tomatoes sliced as a lunchtime salad, or cut in halves, topped with a slice of cheese, and popped under the grill for a few seconds to brown the cheese – or taken as tomato juice.
Mineral salts and calcium are needed for bones and teeth to maintain the nervous system and muscular apparatus in good order. From milk products in general, including cheese.
For the body to obtain full value from calcium foods it is essential that vitamin D should be present. This comes from oily fish, cod liver oil. The body manufactures vitamin D when it has plenty of sunshine – therefore cod-liver oil is usually regarded as a winter supplement in cold climates.
Most importantly, if you feel tired, irritable, and exhausted first assess what you are eating, and as much as possible include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and herbs in your daily diet. This will give you the energy to get out find enjoy life, rather than sleeping it away.
When your concentration is flagging, you will find that inhaling a few drops of basil and bergamot oils on a handkerchief will conquer mental fatigue.
This aromatic bath will also do wonders to relax the body, renew energy levels, and eliminate mental fatigue. Mix thoroughly together 45ml almond oil, 5ml wheatgerm, 40 drops rosemary oil, 7 drops peppermint oil and 3 drops basil oil and store in an airtight, amber-colored glass bottle.
Shake well, and add about 10 drops of oil to the bathwater once the water temperature has settled. You can also revitalize yourself after an extra busy day by adding a few drops of ylang-ylang oil and bergamot oil to a warmish bath and soaking in it for 10 minutes. Unwind with a mixture of lavender and rosewood oils in your evening bath.
Try to get sufficient sleep
Lack of sleep causes symptoms similar to those of fatigue. There is a significant diminution of iron in the blood and a change in the cholesterol level. Certain acids increase and there are numerous other bodily chemical changes.
These days we have to learn all over again how to sleep – and sleep enough. This is sometimes particularly difficult for an exhausted person, as nervous fatigue militates against sleep. This means that sleep, the primary remedy for fatigue, no longer comes naturally, but must be helped.
It is better to have sleep induced by sleeping tablets than to have no sleep at all. This again is a question for your doctor if the problem is serious and there is real insomnia.
Learn how to breathe properly
The oxygen carried in the bloodstream retards the formation of lactic acid, which causes fatigue. The better our breathing, and the better the air we breathe, the less tired we shall be.
This simply means getting some good fresh air into our lungs as often as possible in the course of a day.
If possible, do a few deep-breathing exercises at intervals – in front of an open window when you get up, or when you leave the house to go to work; again in the evening before going to bed.
Try to remember to take a few deep breaths whenever possible. It will become a habit – and one that will keep you younger.
It may be helpful to remember that the important thing in deep breaching is to breathe OUT properly. Concentrate on expelling all the air you can more air will rush back in again to fill the lungs and you’ll find you are breathing deeply Whether you want to or not.
Eliminate poisons from the body properly
To eliminate, we must perspire, and to perspire we must work at it.
Nowadays, people do not want to work at it. They imagine that fitness comes by itself – as a result of swallowing pills. To work at it – quite literally to sweat it out – is to build up, little by little, vital reserves of energy.
In other words, healthy exercise will do for all forms of elimination what no amount of drugs will do – make them healthy in the way that nature intended.